During BIID CPD Showcase The Rug Company explained us the process of rugs manufacturing. It was really fascinating to learn all those steps and to see where those beautiful interior end products come from. This gave us a good understanding of the whole process and especially lead times. A lot of customers and designers always get surprised by the long lead times of bespoke rugs and carpets, but after learning how much time it actually takes to make the rug, it starts to become reasonable :)

The Rug Company manufactures their rugs in Nepal. First wool needs to be collected by shaving those beautiful Tibetan mountain sheeps. Usually it happens once per year before summer. 

When when wool is cut and collected, the jumbled fibres need to be teased and straightened by hand using a special device. This process is called Carding.

The carded wool or other fibres can then be spun into yarn. Experienced Nepalese spinners are able to produce yarn at various thicknesses to create rugs with higher or lower know counts. 

When wool was spinned into yarn, it needs to be dyed. Dyeing process is not easy and Dye Master is considered to be the most important person at this stage. He is responsible for matching the colours and preparing the dyes.

Dyed yarns are then left to dry naturally in the sun on the roofs of Kathmandu. Natural drying process is quite important in wool manufacturing and weather factor could as well influence the overall lead time of the rug.

Once the dyed yarns have dried, they are collected and wound into balls ready to be taken to the loom. 

The rug design pattern is drawn by hand to specify position of every colour and position of the knot and it sits behind the loom for to help the workers.
The weaving is carried out by skilled craftsmen working in synchronisation on the loom. The majority of our rugs are made with the Tibetan technique in which the yarn is knotted around the vertical warp threads and a metal rod. The higher the knot count, the finer the rug. Once the row is complete, the rod is hammered tightly against the row below. The weaver then cuts the yarns along the rod, creating the pile.

After rugs weaving process is finished, they are washed on both sides left to dry naturally in the sun. Once dry, the rug is laid flat and the pile cut neatly to the required height by hand. Clipping is another part of the finishing process; boundaries between different colours or pattern elements are defined and differences in pile heights are smoothed.

The final stage involves neatly wrapping the sides of the rug in a yarn that matches the design. The rug is then ready for its new home.

The Rug company also made a very inspirational video showing this process. Click HERE to see it.

And here are some pictures of wonderful end products.

It is a new era of minimalistic spaces with a warm twist, meaning clean and simple lines are still in favour, however finishes are prefered in more warmer (or perhaps just not in clinical white) tones and textures. Wood has always been there for us, changing its final finishes and shapes to keep up with current trends. Adding some wood to the minimalistic interior can just add an extra depth to space, highlighting the feature pieces. 

During BIID (British Institute of Interior Designers) CPD Showcase we saw a presentation of Argenta Invisible doors and were quite impressed, so wanted to share what we learned with you.

The Invisible door concept corresponds to the current trend of sleek and minimal design. The system allows closed doors and walls to be one whole, as all visible frames and hinges disappear. Special hinges are mounted inside the wall and not visible from both sides when the door is closed. Argent offers frameless solution for hinged, sliding and pivoting doors.

They also provide an invisible skirting boards, that go well with the doors highlighting purity of minimalistic design. Door frames have been gone for some time now. Hinges and architraves are no longer visible. Skirting boards remained the only obstacle to a perfectly flat wall. Invisible skirting boards from Argenta come in 2 models: a thin adhesive boards and a recessed board.

Their hinges also come in a lot of different finishes and look very sleek and well designed. So even when their are visible, they are nice to look at :).

Weekend is almost here, so whatever your plan is - just go for it :)

 A well known fact is that white reflects light, which makes the room look brighter and larger. Any other colour the darker it gets start to soak the light in without reflecting as much and therefore the room can look a bit darker and smaller. All depending on the colour, of course.

This is the practical reason why we use white paint on the ceiling, so that visually ceiling height would seem more. If we paint the ceiling in darker colour, the ceiling height visually will decrease.
Same principle refers to wallpapers, however, there are few cases when wallpapers on the ceiling could work beneficially.

Too high ceilings.
Sometimes some spaces like loft conversion bedrooms have a ceiling that is just too high for the space and feels a bit weird. In this case wallpaer can smooth this transition and balance out the space.

Kids rooms and Nurseries.
Kids rooms are usually a great fun to design, as you can create a fairytale. Kids rooms carefully designed, can have wallpaper on the ceiling to go along with the theme, but most probably this is something that will need to be changed later.

Feature parts of the ceiling.
In the rooms with high ceilings and ceiling decor wallpaper can add a splash of colour or rather pattern to the design. I would still advice to use papers with white background to reflect more light. Other interesting space where the wallpaper could be used is to decorate the ceiling above the staircase, as quite often this space is left unattended and a bit boring design wise.

Some light and cheerful design for today.

Greens are the new blues and greys, greens are everywhere and I can understand, as it is such a lovely colour of life. Fresh, calming and at the same time energising. I am not the fan of apple green colours, as they are usually a bit too bright, that you can can get tired, as well as it is very hard to mix apple green with any other colours. However, shades closer to emerald colour are working perfect. Not a fancy of rich colours? Go pale green, as it will work just as fine.